Are you planning on renovating an old deck or creating a new one this summer? If so, you may want to consider an eco-friendly approach. Here is a great explanation of what it means to be labeled environmentally friendly decking, “For decking to be described as being environmentally friendly it must be produced in such a way that it does not have a negative impact on the environment. This means that the wood must come from a sustainable source that the production process uses the minimum of energy and that materials are recycled where appropriate.” (Definition from Greenliving.LovetoKnow.com.) Whichever option you choose find out if your deck builder is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Trex is a decking product that is made of 95% recycled materials, and it looks very elegant! (Click here to read more about Trex Recycling Facts.) They also offer an online color visualizer tool, where you can play around with the color options. Click here to see that tool.
Don’t have the view you wish you had on your deck? While researching this blog, I found a fun idea – outdoor murals! I know it sounds crazy, but these peel and stick murals are capable of being removed and put back up multiple times, and will stick to any surface! Check out the many options from MuralsYourWay.com.
Use solar-powered lighting for your deck! Plow & Hearth offers these beautiful mission style lights that can be attached to your railings. Many home decorating stores offer solar powered lighting options inexpensively like Target.com or you can purchase a variety of designs of solar-powered railing caps from HomeDepot.com.
Here’s a terrific idea! Use an outdoor rug that is made entirely of recycled plastic, and is mold and mildew resistant and extremely durable! To view the outdoor rug options, click on the website Outdoorrugsonly.com.
Many companies are offering a line of eco-friendly decking furniture. The store Crate and Barrel offer a comprehensive explanation of their products, click here to read more.
If you want to cover some existing pillows or purchase new ones, consider the new Renaissance Fabric Collection from Sunbrella® which uses 50% recycled material from post-industrial waste. To check out the many design options and read more about this line, click here. This company also has a program where you can send in your old Sunbrella fabric to be recycled, click here to learn more about that program.
Have fun this summer on your new and improved deck! Happy decorating and if you need any help with a redesign, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com!
Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, and Google+.